Imphal: The Congress party has asked the Chief Election Officer, Manipur to ensure free and fair elections in Manipur.
A delegation of Congress leaders led by Jairam Ramesh, AICC Senior Observer (Manipur Election) and Bhakta Charan Das, AICC Incharge Manipur on Wednesday visited the Chief Election Officer office and informed that 14 major incidents of poll violence took place in six constituencies in Manipur.
K. Meghachandra, MPCC Working President, P. Saratchandra, MLA also highlighted the increasing attack on Congress workers by workers of different political parties.
Jairam Ramesh stated that BJP was indulging in poll violence because they were afraid of losing the Manipur elections. He expressed his concern over the failure of the State administration to ensure free and peaceful elections.
Jairam said the Congress Party has submitted a memorandum and requested the Chief Electoral Officer to intervene and use his constitutional authority to ensure a free and fair election in the State.
Bhakta Charan Das said that democracy must not be tampered and law and order must be maintained properly in the state. He said that those who were involved in the poll violence must be booked under the law. Das also said that the way BJP has been carrying out vandalism from the beginning, clearly indicates that they were capable of doing more harm in the future.
K. Meghachandra, said that several poll violence occurred even before the announcement of poll dates and it needs to be stopped. He also demanded that those who were involved in the violence must go behind the bars and must not be released till the elections were over.
The delegation said that they were hopeful that the Electoral Authority will ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the state. Manipur will go to polls on February 28 and March 5 next.